Jackie Boyle (center), human resources director for Salem Regional Medical Center, accepts a plaque honoring the medical center for providing employment opportunties for those with developmental disabilities.

 Presenting the award are Paul Anthony and Shirley Bowald of the Reach 4 More program.

Salem Regional Medical Center thanked for hiring disabled
SALEM - Employees with developmental disabilities “have proven to be excellent employees,”
according to Jackie Boyle, human resources director for Salem Regional Medical Center.

“They don’t call off, they are prompt, and they are so enthusiastic and positive,” she said.

“We enjoy having them as employees.”

The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities and its Reach 4 More program have recognized the medical center for its policies which allow and encourage hiring those with disabilities.

The facility currently employs four people with developmental disabilities: two in the cafeteria and two in housekeeping, Boyle said. The hospital also has long participated in  the rotating internship program for high school students with developmental disabilities, which is operated through the Columbiana County Educational Service Center

Shirley Bowald, employment development manager of Reach 4 More, thanked the medical center leadership for their policies, and for their partnerships with agencies which help match community employers with disabled persons who want the dignity of work in their lives.

“This award is for many years of working with people with disabilities, and giving them the opportunities for work experience in the community,” said Bowald.

The Reach 4 More office is located at 7716 State Route 45, Lisbon, and may be contacted at 330.870.4272 or by email at info@reach4more.org <mailto:info@reach4more.org>.